Beasts of Ruin

Putnam. (Beasts of Prey: Bk. 2). Jul. 2022. 496p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593405710.
Gr 9 Up–In this follow-up to Beasts of Prey, Koffi is now a servant to the god of death and uses her magic in his continental conquest. In Thornkeep, the fog-shrouded domain where she is prisoner, she learns to use her magic powers alongside other daraja. Ekon has been hiding in the jungle city of Lkossa, searching for a way to rescue Koffi before it’s too late. Gray’s writing balances high stakes with strong narrative voices as she expands on the cast of characters. Themes of heritage, segregation, and erasure all play roles in Ekon and Koffi’s growth, and readers will easily draw parallels to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
VERDICT Recommended for general purchase.

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